Foundations and entities that contributed recently to Maui County community nonprofits and others are as follows:
* Bank of Hawaii Foundation awarded $20,000 to Maui Academy of Performing Arts to continue its mission of bringing live theater and drama instruction to more than 40,000 preschool, elementary and middle school students throughout Hawaii.
In particular, the grant will support MAPA's Educational Theatre Tours and the Voices drama program.
Celebrity hairstylist Billy Yamaguchi consults with client Elke Giovanine during a recent visit to Kapalua Spa.
The Educational Theatre Tours program brings high-quality, professional productions directly to public schools throughout Hawaii, while the Voices program teaches literacy skills through drama to more than 4,000 elementary school students on Maui each school year, according to a press release.
"We're grateful for Bank of Hawaii Foundation's support and leadership in the community," said David Johnston, MAPA's executive and artistic director. "We continually hear from parents and teachers how transformative these experiences are for children and, through Bank of Hawaii Foundation's grant, we're able to continue offering these two programs at an affordable cost to participating schools."
For more information on MAPA's performing arts programs, call Carolyn Wright at 244-8760, ext. 221, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Kapalua Spa and celebrity hairstylist Billy Yamaguchi donated $1,200 to the Pacific Cancer Foundation to help expand its Patient Navigation program that assists cancer patients in Maui County.
Yamaguchi, creator of the Feng Shui Beauty concept, recently visited Kapalua Spa to style Maui clients. A portion of the proceeds was given to the Pacific Cancer Foundation.
"We are incredibly grateful to the great staff at Kapalua Resort and Spa and Mr. Yamaguchi for their generosity," said Jeff Scharnhorst, executive director of the Pacific Cancer Foundation. "They are truly a partner in our community in helping our Maui ohana in their fight against cancer."
For more information about the Pacific Cancer Foundation, call 242-7661 or visit www.pacificcancerfoundation.org.